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ENGL2401 Netflicks: Cinema and Long-form Television

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 1AlbanyFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the English and Literary Studies major sequence
  • Level 2 elective
Content
Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Binge, Stan. With the emergence of online viewing platforms and the prevalence of personal devices, the distinctions between traditional broadcast television and cinema screened in theatres have decisively changed. In this unit we look at televisual and cinematic drama. In particular we examine what is being termed a new 'golden age' in televisual drama that has coincided with the paradigm shift toward online streaming. But we also look at the continuing relevance of cinema, particularly the cinematic language of Hollywood which provides the basic formal structures of screen narrative.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) understand the differences and similarities between cinema and television; (2) analyse the basic structures of screen dramas; (3) compose written essays and responses that expose the effects of films and television programs; (4) engage in discussions which demonstrate clear listening, speaking and forensic skills in class environments; and (5) locate film and television studies within the critical framework of English and Literary Studies.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) tutorial participation; (2) critical exercise; and (3) research essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Tony Hughes-d'Aeth
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
Nil.
Co-requisites:
Nil.
Incompatibility:
Nil
Contact hours
3 hours per teaching week
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